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Ultimate Pineapple Cheesecake

Author/Submitted by: Southern Living
Servings: 12
Categories: Cheesecakes / Desserts

1  cup  graham cracker crumbs
2  tablespoons  sugar
1/4  cup  butter, melted
24  ounces  cream cheese, softened
1  cup  sugar
4    eggs
1  tablespoon  vanilla
1/4  teaspoon  salt
    -----Pineapple Glaze-----
8 3/4  ounces  crushed pinapple, undrained
1/2  cup  sugar
3  tablespoons  cornstarch
1    egg, beaten
1  tablespoon  butter

Combine crumbs, 2 T sugar, butter. Mix well, press in bottom of 9 inch springform pan. Beat cream cheese with mixer until fluffy. Gradually add 1 c. sugar, mixing well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well. Stir in vanilla and salt. Bake at 350 for 50 minutes. Let cool to room temperature on rack. Refrigerate several hours. Yield: 10 to 12 servings. Pineapple Glaze: Drain, reserve juice of pineapple. Add water to juice to make 1/2 cup. Mix sugar and cornstarch with juice. Cook over low heat until thick. Add egg, butter, cook 2 minutes. Cool and spread on cheesecake and refrigerate. Yield: 1 1/2 cups.

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